Water Breathing

Water Breathing ( 水 ( みず ) の呼 ( こ ) 吸 ( きゅう ), Mizu no kokyū ? ) is one of the five main breathing Styles directly derived from Sun Breathing .


Water Breathing is a Breathing Style that mimics water, specifically the flow, flexibility and adaptability of the fluent and replicates it with the exploiter ‘s movements, techniques and abilities. Most, if not all, known techniques involve the exploiter bending their body, arm and weapon in a fluid movement to match the movements of rushing or flow water system. Users besides visualize themselves apparently creating and manipulating body of water when unleashing its techniques. This Breathing Style was in the first place created by one of Yoriichi Tsugikuni ‘s students who attempted to learn Sun Breathing, but due to not being as innately talented as Yoriichi, they were alternatively teach and trained an alternative personalize Breathing Style that focused on their strengths and weaknesses, finally becoming Water Breathing. [ 1 ] It is said to be the most common Breathing Style among Demon Slayers due to being the easiest to learn for beginners. A known Cultivator of Water Breathing in the Demon Slayer Corps is Sakonji Urokodaki, though there are other Cultivators a well. [ 2 ]

Reading: Water Breathing

Breathing Style Relationship Chart


Known Users

Known Techniques

Water Breathing has 10 techniques, with an eleventh one created and entirely used by the current Water Hashira, Giyu Tomioka along with numerous modify versions of preexistent forms .

  • First Form: Water Surface Slash 壱 ( いち ) ノ型 ( かた ) 水 ( みな ) 面 ( も ) 斬 ( ぎ ) り, Ichi no kata : Minamo Giri ?[5] – The user generates enough momentum to create a powerful single concentrated slash.
  • Second Form: Water Wheel 弐 ( に ) ノ型 ( かた ) 水 ( みず ) 車 ( ぐるま ), Ni no kata : Mizu Guruma ?[6] – The user leaps and vertically spins forward in the air while releasing a flowing attack in a circular motion.
    • Second Form: Improved, Lateral Water Wheel 弐 ( に ) ノ型 ( かた ) ・改 ( かい ) 横 ( よこ ) 水 ( みず ) 車 ( ぐるま ), Ni no kata kai : Yoko Mizu Guruma ?[7] – An alternate variation of Second Form: Water Wheel created by Tanjiro Kamado that unleashes a horizontal spin instead of a vertical one.
  • Third Form: Flowing Dance 参 ( さん ) ノ型 ( かた ) 流 ( りゅう ) 流 ( りゅう ) 舞 ( ま ) い, San no kata : Ryūryū Mai ?[8] – The user swings and bends their blade in a winding motion along with their body and dances in a flowing pattern, slicing everything in its path.
  • Fourth Form: Striking Tide 肆 ( し ) ノ型 ( かた ) 打 ( う ) ち潮 ( しお ), Shi no kata : Uchishio ?[9] – The user makes multiple consecutive slashes while twisting their body and sword in a flowing fashion to deliver multiple blows simultaneously.
    • Striking Tide, Turbulent 打 ( う ) ち潮 ( しお ) ・乱 ( らん ), Uchishio – run ?[10] – An improved version of the Fourth Form: Striking Tide. The user increases the quantity of consecutive strikes and slashes along with improving its accuracy in order to contact a specific target during a chaotic situation.
  • Fifth Form: Blessed Rain After the Drought 伍 ( ご ) ノ型 ( かた ) 干 ( かん ) 天 ( てん ) の慈 ( じ ) 雨 ( う ), Go no kata : Kanten no Jiu ?[11] – The user changes the grip on their sword and decapitates the opponent in a single flowing strike that causes little to no pain. It is a “sword strike of kindness” used when the enemy willingly surrenders.
  • Sixth Form: Whirlpool 陸 ( ろく ) ノ型 ( かた ) ねじれ渦 ( うず ), Roku no kata : Nejire Uzu ?[12] – The user fiercely twists their upper and lower body, creating a whirlpool of air that cuts anything caught in it. Its effect and efficiently is enhanced underwater, where the user can draw water around their weapon to enhance their slashes.
    • Whirlpool, Flow ねじれ渦 ( うず ) ・流 ( りゅう ) 流 ( りゅう ), Nejire Uzu – Ryūryū ?[13] – A combination of Third Form: Flowing Dance and Sixth Form: Whirlpool created by Tanjiro Kamado. The user combines the footwork from Flowing Dance and the twisting movements of Whirlpool, performing an attack around the user that conjures a twisting, swirling, vicious flow of water to redirect projectiles from multiple angles.
  • Seventh Form: Drop Ripple Thrust 漆 ( しち ) ノ型 ( かた ) 雫 ( しずく ) 波 ( は ) 紋 ( もん ) 突 ( づ ) き, Shichi no kata : Shizuku Hamon Tsuki ?[14] – The user performs a fast and accurate stab, capable of reducing the impact of a moving target.
    • Drop Ripple Thrust, Curve 雫 ( しずく ) 波 ( は ) 紋 ( もん ) 突 ( づ ) き・曲 ( きょく ), Shizuku Hamon Tsuki – Kyoku ?[15] – A modified strike that hits from a specific angle corresponding to the sword’s structure which nearly nullifies the impact and momentum of a moving object.
  • Eighth Form: Waterfall Basin 捌 ( はち ) ノ型 ( かた ) 滝 ( たき ) 壼 ( つぼ ), Hachi no kata : Takitsubo ?[16] – The user cuts the target vertically in a flowing motion which is most effective when they are falling downward.
  • Ninth Form: Splashing Water Flow, Turbulent 玖 ( く ) ノ型 ( かた ) 水 ( すい ) 流 ( りゅう ) 飛沫 ( しぶき ) ・乱 ( らん ), Ku no kata : Suiryū Shibuki – run ?[17] – The user changes their footwork in a way that minimizes the landing time and surface needed when landing, allowing the user to move without limits. Ideal when fighting in a place with no solid foothold.
  • Eleventh Form: Dead Calm 拾 ( じゅう ) 壱 ( いち ) ノ型 ( かた ) 凪 ( なぎ ), Jū Ichi no kata : nagi ?[19] – The personal creation of the current Water Hashira, Giyu Tomioka. The user ceases all body movements and enters a state of complete tranquility, deflecting, blocking and cutting any incoming attacks with imperceptible speed with their blade. However, its effectiveness is limited as fast and numerous attacks can break through.

Game Exclusive Techniques

  • Third Form: Flowing Dance, Shadows of Dawn 参 ( さん ) ノ型 ( かた ) 流 ( りゅう ) 流 ( りゅう ) 舞 ( ま ) い・朝 ( あさ ) 影 ( かげ ), San no kata : Ryūryū Mai – Asakage ?[20] – The user covers their blade in water before unleashing a series of circular rising slashes in a flowing motion from multiple directions before delivering a powerful downward slash.
  • Eighth Form: Waterfall Basin, Destruction 捌 ( はち ) ノ型 ( かた ) 滝 ( たき ) 壼 ( つぼ ) ・壊 ( かい ), Hachi no kata : Takitsubo – Kai ?[20] – The user leaps forwards towards their enemy in a spinning motion and slashes them as they past. They then turn around and leap behind the enemy to slash them with a curved strike, before uppercutting them while leaping high into the air and then falling down with great force in a overhead strike, smashing the enemy to the ground and unleashing multiple gargantuan waterfalls that pulverize their opponent.
  • Ninth Form: Splashing Water Flow 玖 ( く ) ノ型 ( かた ) 水 ( すい ) 流 ( りゅう ) 飛沫 ( しぶき ), Ku no kata : Suiryū Shibuki ?[21] – The user rushes around their opponent discombobulating them in multiple circles forming a vortex-like flow of water. They subsequently leap over their opponent delivering an overhead slash summoning a large wave crushing them afterwards.
    • Ninth Form: Splashing Water Flow, Flash 玖 ( く ) ノ型 ( かた ) 水 ( すい ) 流 ( りゅう ) 飛沫 ( しぶき ) ・瞬 ( またたき ), Ku no kata : Suiryū Shibuki – Matataki ?[20] – The user rushes towards their opponent seemingly appearing like teleportation and unleashes a powerful uppercut-like slash.
    • Ninth Form: Splashing Water Flow, Turbulent Effervescence 玖 ( く ) ノ型 ( かた ) 水 ( すい ) 流 ( りゅう ) 飛沫 ( しぶき ) ・乱 ( らん ) 泡 ( うた ) 沫 ( かた ), Ku no kata : Suiryū Shibuki – Ran Utakata ?[20] – The user rushes forward turbulently and unleashes numerous flowing water slashes from all directions while creating levitating bubbles all around their enemy. Afterwards, they leap away from them and cause all the bubbles to pop, releasing a heavy pressured burst of water spewing in all directions, dealing massive damage to their opponent.
  • Eleventh Form: Dead Calm, Tidal Waves 拾 ( じゅう ) 壱 ( いち ) ノ型 ( かた ) 凪 ( なぎ ) ・波 ( な ) 折 ( お ) り波 ( は ) 濤 ( とう ), Jū Ichi no kata : Nagi – Naori Hatō ?[20] – An offensive variation of Dead Calm. The user initiates Dead Calm, before suddenly appearing behind their opponent, having already moved and unleashed a delayed-barrage of sharp water sword slashes that completely lacerates them before summoning multiple towering tidal waves and causing them to slam downwards on their enemy with tremendous force.


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Tanjiro using First Form Water Surface Slash to kill Hand Demon.gif Tanjiro using Second Style Water Wheel on Hand Demon.gif Tanjiro using Second Form Modified Horizontal Water Wheel to slice Yahaba's head.gif Tanjiro using Third Form Flowing Dance on Susamaru.gif
First Form Second Form Second Form: Improved Third Form
Tanjiro using Fourth Form Striking Tide.gif Tanjiro using Striking Tide, Turbulent.gif Tanjiro using Fifth Form on Mother Spider Demon.gif Tanjiro using Sixth Style Whirlpool against Swamp Demon.gif
Fourth Form Fourth Form, Turbulent Fifth Form Sixth Form
Tanjiro use Twisting Whirlpool - Flowing Water.gif Tanjiro using Seventh Form Drop Ripple Thrust-curve on the temari.gif Tanjiro using Eighth Form Waterfall Basin against Swamp Demon.gif Tanjiro defeats Kyogai with Ninth Form.gif
Sixth & Third (Combo) Seventh Form, Curve Eighth Form Ninth Form
Tanjiro using Tenth Form.gif Giyu using Eleventh Form on Rui's attack.gif
Tenth Form Eleventh Form
— Water Breathing —

Water Surface Slash First FormWater Wheel Second FormLateral Water Wheel Second Form: ModifiedFlowing Dance Third FormStriking Tide Fourth FormStriking Tide, Turbulent Fourth Form, TurbulentTanjiro slaying the Mother Spider Demon Fifth FormWhirlpool Sixth Form (Tanjiro)Twisting Whirlpool - Flowing Water Sixth Form & Third Form (Combo)Drop Ripple Thrust Curve Seventh FormWaterfall Basin Eighth FormSplashing Water Flow - Turbulent Ninth FormConstant Flux Tenth FormDead Calm Eleventh Form


  • The water that users of Water Breathing visualize themselves manipulating is reminiscent to that of water or oceanic waves being depicted in classical ukiyo-e 浮 ( うき ) 世 ( よ ) 繪 ( え ), ukiyo-e ?The Great Wave off Kanagawa.
  • Besides Sakonji Urokodaki, there are other trainers who teach Water Breathing. Water Breathing is easy for beginners, so more swordsmen use it than any other Breathing Style.
  • The term and technique Constant Flux is based on the Yojijukugo “Seisei/Shōjō Ruten” 生 ( せい ) 生 ( せい ) 流 ( る ) 轉 ( てん )


    “Seisei/Shōjō Ruten”



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